Woman Sickened by Nerve Agent Novichok in Southern England Dies

A woman who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in southern England has died, police announced Sunday.

Dawn Sturgess, 44, succumbed to her injuries in a hospital in Salisbury, according to the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom.

“Today is the day we hoped would never come,” said Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard. “On behalf of all officers, staff and volunteers working for Wiltshire Police, I wish to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Dawn at this terrible time. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering they must be feeling, coupled with all the questions they need answer to.”

Authorities say Sturgess, along with her boyfriend, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley, became sick after they were exposed to Novichok on June 30.

The couple was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

“This is shocking and tragic news. Dawn leaves behind her family, including three children, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time,” said Neil Basu, assistant commissioner and head of UK Counter Terrorism policing.

Rowley’s status has not changed, Basu added.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Lauren Meltzer